Last night when I got to the Reference Desk, I couldn't help but ask, "What's with all the bummer T-shirts hanging from the ceiling?"
Because there are all these T-shirts on display here at the library; T-shirts saying things like "God Saw What You Did To Me!" and "Tears of Healing [with two giant tear drops on it]" and "Punched. Beat. Spit On. Smacked. [ ... etc.] Laughing Now? Because She Made It On Her Own!"
A few are even more disturbing then those I've described.
And it's really a bit of a shock when you first come out and see them because they're hanging at eye-level and, let's face it, all T-shirt art, even when done by adults, tends to look kinda child-like, and so you walk up to them to read them, thinking they're gonna say things like "Hello Kitty" or "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" and instead they're all kinda the result of therapeutic assignments for people (women and children, mostly) who have been domestically abused, and they're blunt, and sad, and tragic, and upsetting.
And oddly triumphant.
Apparently October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and that's why we have them on display. And seeing them hanging there is how I found out.